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The Message Is?: Searching for Spiritual and Religious Meaning in the work of Arthur Jafa

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 4:21pm
Nathanael Homewood/DePauw University
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 15, 2021

The Message Is? is an edited volume dedicated to exploring the expressed and sometimes hidden gems of black spirituality found in the creativity of the award-winning artist and filmmaker Arthur Jafa. Nathanael J. Homewood and Isis Pickens are co-editing this volume.

We are inviting chapter proposals. Please consider submitting a 250-word abstract briefly outlining your potential chapter contribution.  We kindly ask that these be submitted by March 15, 2021, and be emailed to

Critical Essays and Books on Jewish Science Fiction and Fantasy

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 4:01pm
Valerie Estelle Frankel
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, July 31, 2021

Hello, everyone. I'm editing a series with Rowman & Littlefield/Lexington on a line of academic books critically analyzing elements of Jewish science fiction and fantasy (that's the series title). As such, I’d love some authors with concepts to write about.

At this stage, a paragraph-long proposal emailed to with a subject of JEWISH SPEC-FIC would be great. Here are some examples:


The Secret Jewish Roots of Star Wars (or some other top franchise)

Religious Dispute and Toleration in Early Modern Literature and History.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 7:22am
University Toulouse-Jean Jaurès (France)
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 26, 2021



Appel à communications : Dispute et tolérance religieuse dans l’Angleterre de la Renaissance / Religious Dispute and Toleration in Early Modern English Literature and History. En ligne / Online (4 juin 2021 / 4th June 2021).

=> Please scroll down for English version

"The Perception of Climate and Nature in Ancient Societies" International Online Conference

Friday, February 19, 2021 - 10:48am
Classical Students Association of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, March 28, 2021

Nature and the climate are one of the essential factors affecting the lives of societies, shaping their culture, economy and politics. Both today and in the ancient world, natural conditions have forced permanent changes to the social structure and the way in which reality is treated, shaping a specific relationship between people and their natural environment.

The Politics of Syria

Friday, February 19, 2021 - 10:45am
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Call for Papers (Spring Issue 2021) The image of Syria as a war-torn country has always dominated global news cycles. On one hand, news outlets discuss how the international powers serve their own economic and political interests by implementing the Middle East Grand Strategy revolving around ‘ Creative Chaos’ policies. In short, waging a proxy war on Syria’s political and economic system, destroying culture and infrastructure, affecting civilians, violating human rights principles under the pretext of democracy and protection of human rights, with the aim to reshape Middle East politics. In this context, such news cycles persistently distort President Assad's counterstrategy.

Nineteenth-Century Religious Cultures

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 2:10pm
Religion and the Arts
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, August 1, 2021

For a special double issue to be published in March, 2022. 


Papers addressing the plurality of religious cultures in the nineteenth century, including not only Catholicism, Anglicanism, Protestantism, and Judaism, but also Buddhism, Hermeticism,  Native American Religions, Theosophy, Unitarianism, the LDS Church, African-American religion, Eastern and Oriental Orthodoxy, Shakerism, etc., competing and overlapping in nineteenth-century contexts. Papers are welcome in all the arts; incuding literature, painting, sculpture, architecture, liturgy, the textile arts, the decorative arts, music, and dance. 


Illustrations, both color and black-and-white, are encouraged. 


Buddhism and Literature

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 2:10pm
Religion and the Arts
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

For a special section of Religion and the Arts, a peer-reviewed scholarly journal edited at Boston College.

A call for papers in Buddhism and Literature: any tradition, language or literature or time period from ancient times to the present.

Complete papers of 5,000-10,000 words should be submitted by 15 June 2021, in MLA 7 format with parenthetical documentation.

Illustrations, color or black and white, are welcome. 

Douglas Coupland and the Art of the 'Extreme Present'

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 11:54am
Mary McCampbell
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, February 20, 2021

Douglas Coupland and the Art of the ‘Extreme Present’Virtual Conference, 23-24 April 2021CFP DEADLINE NOW EXTENDED TO 20TH FEBRUARY 2021

The author of thirteen novels, two collections of short stories, seven non-fiction books, and a prolific and celebrated visual artist, Douglas Coupland’s oeuvre is inherently concerned with what it means to be living in our ‘extreme present’. Marking the 30th anniversary of the publication of Coupland’s first novel, Generation X, this virtual international conference – the first on Coupland’s work – seeks to explore the richness of Coupland’s engagement with contemporary life across writings and visual culture.

Making Sense: The Construction of Feeling in the Atlantic World

Friday, January 29, 2021 - 7:13am
Nikki Roulo and Shawn Welch
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 1, 2021

In The Temple (1633), George Herbert observes that “broken bones may joy,/ And tune together in a well-set song.” Here, Herbert observes the interplay between ailments that affect both the spiritual and physical senses. Senses - understood to be those faculties that acquire knowledge vis-à-vis experience - serve as a shared vocabulary informing both spiritual (i.e., transcendent, religious) and physical (i.e., materialistic, naturalistic) means of treatment. But even in our own day, such connections among theories of sense, spiritual and physical illnesses, and their treatments reconfigure what we mean by “healing” in medical discourses. 


On Going: figuring journey, position and place

Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 1:03pm
Christian Literary Studies Group, Oxford
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, May 31, 2021

Day conference
Corpus Christi College, Oxford, UK, Saturday 6 November 2021 
We are looking for papers which consider journeying, place and the way as tropes in ancient or modern texts, and we look especially for associations with Christian and Biblical themes.

Papers normally have a reading time of about 20 minutes, and are followed by a few minutes of discussion. They are offered for publication in The Glass and subsequently on the CLSG website.

The deadline for offering a paper is 31 May 2021. Send a provisional title and a few lines on how you will tackle your topic. Email Dr Roger Kojecký,

The Experience of Loneliness in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 11:45am
University of Birmingham
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, April 1, 2021

The Experience of Loneliness in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries  Online ConferenceUniversity of Birmingham, UK29–30 June 2021  Keynote Speakers:  Professor Helen Wilcox (Bangor University)Dr Jenni Hyde (Lancaster University)   ***   John Worthington, Church of England clergyman and close associate of the Cambridge Platonists, complained of isolation from fellow scholars in his rectory at the small village of Ingoldsby, Lincolnshire, in the 1660s.

Of City Spaces and Graveyards: A Pictorial Reading (Panel / Virtual)

Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 11:36am
PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association)
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, April 15, 2021

Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference 2021

Thursday, November 11, 2021 to Sunday, November 14, 2021


Hosted by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Conference Theme: 



Special Session:

Of City Spaces and Graveyards: A Pictorial Reading



Institutional Identity, Literary Studies, and the Secular/Religious Divide (MLA 2022)

Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 11:27am
Jack Dudley and Dave Wehner, Mount St. Mary's University
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 1, 2021

This proposed special session roundtable invites reflections on the tensions and limits of teaching and studying literature at religious as well as secular universities and colleges. How do different institutional commitments and governing documents as well as campus cultures and constituencies implicitly and/or explicitly limit what can be taught and published at each kind of institution? What are these limits and how have scholars navigated, challenged, and/or adapted to them? What kind of institutional discursive spaces might be created between and beyond the secular/religious divide?

MLA, Washington, DC, 6–9 January 2022

Interdisciplinary Journal of Leadership Studies Open Call

Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 11:23am
Interdisciplinary Journal of Leadership Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, December 31, 2021

Open Call for Papers

The Interdisciplinary Journal of Leadership Studies, with the University of Richmond’s Jepson School of Leadership Studies, publishes a wide range of high-quality scholarship. We are currently accepting paper proposals on all research-based, quantitative and qualitative topics regarding leadership and leadership studies. We welcome both collaborative and single-authored papers. Papers must be submitted using this online portal and follow the guidelines outlined at Submission Guidelines.


Open Call for Book Reviews

ATHE Emerging Scholars Debut Panel (Religion and Theatre)

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 10:03pm
Evangeline Jimenez / Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 1, 2021


Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) 2021 Conference

Austin, TX (Hybrid and/or Virtual Conference TBD)

August 5-8, 2021

The ATHE Religion and Theatre Focus group invites current graduate students and/or independent scholars who have not presented at a major national conference to submit papers for the 2021 Emerging Scholars Panel.

The 2021 ATHE Conference theme:

RE: ATHE (Reclaim. Redesign. Revolt. Recover.)

Postponed Conference: 118th Annual PAMLA Conference in Las Vegas, NV: "City of God, City of Destruction" 2021

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 6:02am
David John Boyd, Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, January 31, 2021

Postponed Deadline Announcement: Virtual Conference Option Open
PAMLA 2021 LAS VEGAS: "CITY OF GOD, CITY OF DESTRUCTION" (Thursday, November 11 - Sunday, November 14, 2021 at Sahara Las Vegas Hotel, hosted by University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

Please propose your special sessions to by February 15, 2021. Please take a look at the bottom of this page* for a list of General/Standing Sessions, and be sure your special session proposal does not replicate the topics of PAMLA's General/Standing Sessions.

Infernal Cities

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 6:21pm
Stanley Szczesny
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, April 15, 2021

This is a session for PAMLA 2021 in Las Vegas.

Religion in American Literature

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 11:17am
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Annual Conference (Nov. 11-14, 2021)
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, April 15, 2021


This session examines the relationship between religion and American literature. It welcomes papers that explore the intersectionality between religion, politics, and literature.  How can literary texts help us understand the discourses of the religious right or the left and their search for community?  How does faith contribute both to harmful or positive visions of community?  What can literature teach us about the type of faith that will allow us to create and embrace “the beloved community” introduced by Josiah Royce, and later highlighted by Martin Luther King, Jr.?

Proposals that engage with the conference theme of "City of God, City of Destruction” are of particular interest.

Troubling Topics, Sacred Texts

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 - 4:31pm
American Academy of Religion, Comparative Studies of Religion
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 1, 2021

"Troubling Topics, Sacred Texts": Sacred texts continue to inspire a diversity of scholarship that seeks to transform the ancient into the contemporary, the remote into the immediate, and the distant into the visceral experience. At the same time, the texts confront a plethora of troubling topics. Reflecting the spirit of comparative studies in religion seriously engaging two or more religious traditions around a common topic and the recent publication of Troubling Topics, Sacred Texts: Readings in Hebrew Bible, New Testament, Qur’an (De Gruyter 2021), this panel focuses attention on how not only sacred texts themselves but their religious inflections function to manage, signify, and negotiate the most troubling of topics.

Critical articles are Invited for the edited volume "Muslims in Indian Cinema".

Friday, December 25, 2020 - 12:41pm
Md Sarfaraj Nawab
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, April 30, 2021

Critical articles on the representation of Muslims/Islam in Indian films are invited from research scholars/faculty members for the upcoming volume "Muslims in Indian Cinema" to be edited by Md Sarfaraj Nawab and Asrin Khatun.

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Catholicism in Ireland and Beyond

Friday, December 18, 2020 - 11:39am
Irish Institute for Catholic Studies, Mary Immaculate College
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 19, 2021

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Catholicism in Ireland and Beyond

Call for Papers for Online Conference taking place on 22 and 23 July 2021

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Richard Kearney, Boston College, USA.

Professor Tom Inglis, University College Dublin, Ireland.

Professor Emeritus Marie Parker-Jenkins, University of Limerick, Ireland.

Dr Nóirín Ní Riain, Limerick, Ireland.

Mark Patrick Hederman OSB, Glenstal Abbey, Ireland.


Special Issue CFP - “21st Century Religion”

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 - 1:37pm
CR: The New Centennial Review
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, February 15, 2021

CR: The New Centennial Review Special Issue CFP 

“21st Century Religion”